You Don’t Need to Optimize Your Kid

Most kids really only need three simple things to develop well

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At the end of their baby’s checkup, the new parents looked at me earnestly and asked, “What should we do to be optimizing her development?”

The very first time a parent asked me this, the question stopped me in my tracks. I wasn’t quite sure how to answer — after all, this…